Shortly after my third baby was born, the kids and I were looking for a fun craft to do during the summer. I spent some time looking around online for ideas and stumbled accross instructions for making a hula hoop. Wow, did that look fun, and off we were to home depot buying supplies. Now I have a box full of more glittery tape then you could imagine and great plans of making more hoops. The kids and I spent a whole week just making hula hoops. I realized something when we made the hoops and looked in to hooping a bit more. I realized that adults need adult sized hoops and that is why a lot of adults can rarely hula hoop, because they’re using those old WHAM-O hula hoops that were made for children. I couldn’t believe how EASY it was to hoop with the right sized hoop.
Fast forward 3 years, 1 more baby and currently in a new pregnancy. It was summer time and I wanted to hoop, although I was not sure what the safety was because I was pregnant. So I did a whole lot of searching online and found that there is actually A LOT of pregnant women hooping for fitness and health during their pregnancies. I even found a hoop that is made just for pregnant women (and I bought it), it’s called the PREG-O Pregnancy Fitness Hoop. It comes with an e-booklet on how to adjust some of the moves to accomodate a growing belly.
There is a great article about hooping for fertility and for pregnancy health on Holistic Kid. It’s worth a read. If you are interested in learning more about hooping your way to a healthy pregnancy, please let me know, I would love to share my resources with you. All of my doula clients have my PREG-O hoop available for them if they want to give it a go.
Relating to my last post, when I was at The Farm, we stayed with a wonderful woman who hooped!! She had a hoop there that we could use and it was amazing. There we were, on the Bloomfield’s deck, looking over the Farm, hooping. it was surreal.
**like everything else that you do while pregnant, please do your research and check with your midwife or dr. to make sure it will work for you.